Accommodations in Buenos Aires
A: Yes, si si si, of course most students prefer booking accommodations close to the training facility to minimize daily commute time. We host our programs at a number of facilities in the Palermo/Villa Crespo districts of Buenos Aires typically within the main streets of Cordoba, Corrientes, Scalabrini Ortiz and Juan B. Justo. The below link provides a map that encapsulates the area. In 13 years of successfully delivering 53 week-long programs, we hosted only 2 sessions outside this area.
As you tackle the task of booking accommodations (sometimes this requires heroic measures!), it’s important to understand booking Buenos Aires dance studio space is even MORE challenging and in fact can only be described as a unique and delicate art form (we’re not kidding!) requiring skillful negotiating. Our success in securing great studios for each of our sessions is one of multiple reasons why we are able to keep your tuition at such a reasonable rate. Please be aware and patient during your registration process, about your demands for the confirmed studio location. It is an unfortunate fact of doing business in Buenos Aires that receiving confirmation from a facility earlier than 3 weeks in advance of our sessions is RARE. In addition, even when confirmation is attained (sometimes it can happen a surprising several months in advance!), studios are not in the habit of providing guarantees.
The fact is we’ve never encountered difficulties with any of the studios we’ve reserved (53 times SIN problemos!)…PERO! BUT! Argentina is Argentina and if something unusual occurs and our confirmed studio reservation falls through, we’ll necessarily move the session/s elsewhere – and that’s life/doing business in Buenos Aires!
Before you worry overly much, what we DO guarantee is that we’ll continue to do our very best to secure the best studio at the best price in the barrio/neighborhood we’ve identified in the below link. Therefore, if close proximity to the training facility is vitally important to you, PRIOR to booking your accommodations, please refer to your e-registration messages to receive the training facility CONFIRMED EXACT LOCATION and FINAL SCHEDULE with the explicit understanding that while it’s never happened, it COULD change suddenly.
A: Yes! Si si si! Directly following completion of tuition payment, we initiate an e-registration process tailored for each individually registered student. These e-registration messages, in addition to serving as your receipt, contain vital details about the session/s, confirmation about session location, daily training schedules and much more. We also provide a link to a private web page accessible to registered students only that contains an orientation section and a vast list of Buenos Aires resources to assist students with trip plans (see additional details under TRAVEL INFO).
A: We can make suggestions only…your tuition does not cover professional travel assistance, but as described above (also see TRAVEL INFORMATION), registered students receive travel resources as an added benefit to help you get started. Several of the accommodation options on our list are owned by people we know personally. We’ve made arrangements to motivate them to make our students VERY happy so be sure to let them know we (Dance of the Heart) referred you when or if you book.
A: Once you become a registered student you can expect the following e-mail communications and support: private access to our “required reading” Orientation Info section, confirmed final program location and schedules, notices alerting paid customers about airline sales or cool places to shop in BsAs or info about weather, exchange rates, exclusive access to our list of travel tips, recommendations and reminders to assist you – especially handy for students visiting Argentina for the first time.
The required-reading Orientation webpage accessible to registered students only includes details about the following info:
GETTING THERE – GETTING HOME
- Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) orientation
- What to expect Upon Arrival/Upon Departure Transportation from/to EZE
- Public Transportation in BsAs
WHERE TO STAY
- A little about Palermo
- The Housing List
WHAT TO PACK
- Clothing for Airline Travel… the Street… the Workshop… the Milongas… etc.
- Cell Phones & Lap Tops
- Money (ATM’s… exchanging dollars for pesos… etc.)
- Taxis & guidelines for on-the-street tipping etiquette
- Security & Documents
THINGS TO DO
- Tango Resources (BsAs Milongas, Practicas, Performances, Clothing/Shoes, etc.)
- Other Amusements (Theater, Museums, Shopping, Tourism, etc.)
- Food, etc.
Many have urged us to publish a book based on our Orientation/Resources private webpage but information changes constantly so we are content to continue updating it while offering it as our ‘gift’ to all registered students.
Skill Level for our TangoIntensivo™ sessions
A: As the website recommends, our programs are best suited to advanced intermediate through advanced level dancers, performers and teachers or teachers-in-training.
A: We recommend for maximizing your benefit and pleasure at our TangoIntensivo™ sessions that, at minimum, leader students can execute/lead and follower students can respond/follow:
- walking in and/or transitioning between the two systems (parallel & cross)
- lead/follow the walk to the cross (la cruzada)
- lead/follow full and partial turns (molinette’s)
- dancing in and transitioning to/from open to close embrace
- dancing in all 3 rhythms (tango, milonga, vals)
For students at a more advanced level (teachers/teachers-in-training/advanced dancers/performers), regardless of your prowess, prepare to grow in every way – with respect to your understanding of the dance, increasing your grasp of vocabulary, musicality, quality of connection, movement, etc. Wherever you are in your tango, expect to be profoundly thrilled, challenged, provoked and supported to move to your next level because of the deep technical, musical and mechanical refinements and fascinating variations that you will be asked to train with FABULOUS Luciana and your INCREDIBLE staff partners!
Please feel free to contact us directly if you remain unsure but really want to register. We’re available in our private lesson studios…Luciana Valle in Buenos Aires at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Deb & Brian in Boulder, CO at email@example.com. If you’ve studied with any of us in the past (Luciana, Deb &/or Brian), please write to us. We’ll be glad to assist you in determining if our sessions are appropriate for your level. We’re happy to prepare you in advance for getting the most out of our TangoIntensivo™ sessions, including following up after you’ve taken a program to help you retain and integrate all you’ve learned.
What to Expect
A: Because students are partnering with and rotating to our trained staff, as a customer you can expect to receive better than 1 on 1 attention. That is NOT a typo! We also place a limit on the number of students we admit per session to avoid over-crowding and to place the focus on YOUR improvement. There are so many factors contributing to this singular point…YOUR IMPROVEMENT…the level and quality of instruction from Luciana…the skilled dancers who are hired to partner with you so you can work at YOUR highest level…that the programs are staged in Buenos Aires…that for the price of one trip down to Buenos Aires, you can opt to take 2 programs with different topics in 2 weeks for maximum immersion…you’ll understand once you take our sessions, the list goes on and on.
A: You will rotate every 2 or 3 songs (tanda-style) to another partner on our staff. Each student can expect to dance with each staff partner sometimes several times during the day and/or over the week of the training period based on our systematic rotation.
A: Our inspiration for developing this program was based on our own desire to continue pursuing our fullest potential as dancers and teachers. We assumed by training with dancers better than us under the instruction of the best teachers in the Argentine tango world…for us, Luciana Valle is among the best of the VERY best, that this would ‘clinch’ the deal…and we were CORRECT!
It’s hard to describe until you experience it for yourself, but for most customers it’s a dream come true situation. The main complaint we receive from our post-session evaluation questionnaires is that the program ENDS. We consistently sell out and we believe it’s because we’re deeply committed to student growth by basing our programs on pure quality – bringing you, the student, the best teacher, partners, training curriculum and setting available.
A: Each session delivers 20 hours total, Monday through Friday, morning session from 11am to 1pm, rest/lunch break, afternoon sessions from 2 to 4pm.
A: While each of the letters represents a specific set of topics, the level is the same (advanced intermediate to advanced) in all four sessions. This means you can register for any or all four sessions in any order that works for you. You’ll discover many return customers among your fellow students. Alumni often insist repeating our trainings is not unlike going to the dentist for a satisfying cleaning or bringing your (super hot sporty!) car in for regular oil changes and new tires after it delivers so many (tango!) miles.
A: That is up to you…organizing social activities outside the sessions are not covered in the cost of your tuition. We provide a state of the art TANGO TRAINING program that focuses exclusively on your improvement. You are free to use your evenings as you wish…but we note it’s common practice for fellow students to make informal evening plans together. We provide options for social/networking opportunities once you register for the program. During the week of a given session, there are multiple opportunities to connect with fellow students to socialize outside of class time.
A: While we cannot 100% guarantee, in our 53 sessions delivered in 13+ consecutive years, we had 1 cancellation in which we alerted customers 6+ months in advance. Our refund policy in the event of a cancellation is listed on our registration page as follows: “In the unlikely event of cancellation of any TangoIntensivo™ sessions, registration fees will be refunded in full.”
A: Our reimbursement policy is likewise on our registration page under the PayPal buttons as follows:
“Refund Policy: Fifty percent of the Registration Fee will be refunded if a refund request is received by four weeks before the start of the first day of a given session. No refund requests will be accepted after this deadline. However, if you find your own replacement or if we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list, refund requests (less $20 administrative fees) will be honored at any time. Refunds will not be generated until AFTER payment from your replacement has been confirmed. In ALL refund cases, PayPal or any bank fees are not refundable after your initial payment has cleared.”
We urge students to consider travel insurance to mitigate expenses due to an unexpected trip cancellation.
A: We have two offices supporting our programs. One is located in Buenos Aires under Luciana’s direction. The other is in the USA through Dance of the Heart in Boulder, Colorado under Brian and Deb’s direction. Our USA office handles all student registrations and financials. This means you’ll be interacting with Brian and Deb exclusively during your registration process which will include all the information you’ll need prior to your training. Luciana is in charge of delivering the material with our carefully trained team of staff dancers during the Buenos Aires sessions.
Full tuition payment is required to reserve your place in our program/s. After we receive payment, we respond typically within 24 hours to confirm your registration. If we’re sold out, your payment will be refunded in full (minus PayPal or associated bank transfer fees). You are always welcome to call our USA office (303-938-0716), but customers rely comfortably on our stream-lined process that delivers everything you’ll need via e-mail.
While an email or phone call is useful to express your intentions and to temporarily save your “place in the queue” we cannot confirm your space without your full tuition payment. The most popular options include snail-mailing a personal US check through the US post or paying on-line at our website via PayPal.
A: Typically we receive payment via credit cards (on our website through PayPal) or personal checks but we also accept cash and bank transfers. However, please note you’re responsible for any associated PayPal, credit card or bank transaction fees.
A: Registration Instructions are below for both options.
Option #1: Pay for your tuition by personal USA-based check (steps 1 through 5):
Step 1: To send payment via personal check:
- make your (USA-based) check out to “DoTH LLC” or “Dance of the Heart LLC”
- To qualify for our early bird discount on tuition, please check pricing and dates on our TangoIntensivo™ website registration page:
Step 2: In the snail mailed envelope, please include a note along with your check containing the following ‘student info’ details:
- identify which program/s you are paying tuition to attend
- full name (first & last) and email address
- identify which role you plan to study – lead or follow (choose only one)
Step 3: Mail your check and “student info” note (see Step 2) to:
- TangoIntensivo™ Sessions
- Dance of the Heart LLC
- 2890 Shadow Creek Drive #304
- Boulder, CO 80303
Step 4: Directly after you complete Step 3 and drop your envelope in the mailbox, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org informing us that your check is in the (snail)mail. Please also reiterate the ‘student info’ from Step 2. Upon receipt of your email, we will reserve a place for you in anticipation of receiving your check (via snail mail).
Step 5: When we receive your check, we’ll send an e-confirm notifying you.
Option #2: Pay for your tuition by credit card via PayPal (steps 1-4):
- Step 1: Log onto our TangoIntensivo™ website registration page.
- Step 2: To enroll for the “A”, “B”, “C” and/or “D” session/s, select the appropriate PayPal button (if you are new to PayPal, this may require additional steps). If you are purchasing more than one session, simply select the appropriate PayPal button and repeat the process for each session you wish to purchase.
- Step 3: Once payment is accomplished, PayPal will generate and send an e-confirmation to you and to our USA office at Dance of the Heart. Please note that through PayPal your account will be charged a non-refundable fee above the cost of the tuition.
- Step 4: We’ll confirm by separate email that we received PayPal’s e-notice, at which point we’ll proceed with your e-registration process.